Scots pine woodland above Loch Maree with Slioch beyond, Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.nature.scot

Our work

Scotland’s nature gives us so much. Our work helps to protect our natural assets and their many benefits.

NatureScot

NatureScot is Scotland’s nature agency with 30 years’ experience advising the Scottish Government.

Formally Scottish Natural Heritage, our organisation rebranded to NatureScot in August 2020.

Our work

We work to enhance our natural environment and inspire the people of Scotland to care more about it.

Working towards Scotland’s ‘green recovery’ from Covid-19, we want to stimulate a revival that secures resilience through a nature-rich future for Scotland and an effective response to the climate emergency. This means that by 2030, Scotland will be recognised as a world leader in looking after and enhancing nature.

NatureScot believes that a nature-rich future, where everyone is involved, will make us all happier, healthier, wealthier and more equal.

Connecting people and nature

We want our natural world to be at the heart of the nation’s well-being.  NatureScot’s will focus on connecting people and nature, and tackling biodiversity loss and the climate emergency with large and small scale nature-based solutions.

Restoring and growing Scotland’s biodiversity starts with us all. NatureScot will strengthen our understanding and connection to Scotland’s natural environment, focusing on the diversity of nature where we live, work, visit, heal and play.

Working in partnership, these solutions must be bold, innovative, for everyone and built on sound science.

Our funding

Most of our funding comes from the Scottish Government’s Environment and Forestry Directorate as ‘grant in aid’. Activities like the hire of Battleby Conference Centre also generate some income.

Our success in caring for Scotland’s nature relies greatly on how we work with others across government. We also have joint working agreements and informal partnerships with a wide range of organisations.

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